West Ham right-back target leaves door open for London Stadium switch

Date published: Thursday 7th October 2021 3:28 - Rob McCarthy

A West Ham defensive target has seemingly left the door open over a potential switch to the London Stadium with his latest comments.

Jens Stryger Larsen, who was one of the heroes of Denmark’s run to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, was a target for the Hammers and Watford last summer. The versatile right-back was actually inundated with offers from across Europe after his displays in the showpiece tournament.

Italian giants Fiorentina and teams in Turkey were also said to be keen, as Larsen confirmed to BOLD.

He said: “There were several clubs who were interested.

“As it looks right now, my contract will expire next summer and then we’ll have to see what happens from there.”

Stryger Larsen revealed that he planned to quit his current club Udinese after Euro 2020. His market value at that time was in the region of a bargain £3.5million.

However, next summer he will be available for nothing, which is a tempting proposition even for a 30-year-old.

“I had a desire to change clubs this summer but it didn’t happen for several reasons,” Larsen added.

“So, right now, I’m focusing on the fact I have less than a year left (on my contract) and then we’ll see what happens.

“In the football world many things can happen, ambitions can change and you may want to try something new.”

West Ham currently have Vladimir Coufal’as their first-choice right-back. However, Ryan Fredericks’ career at the London Stadium remains unclear at this stage.

His potential exit would allow the Hammers to make a move for Larsen, who could pen a pre-contract deal from January.

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Meanwhile, Nikola Vlasic has been backed to “kickstart” his West Ham United career after the international break, but patience has been urged regardless.

Vlasic was a deadline day signing for West Ham in the summer, making his return to English football after a previous stint with Everton. In the years between, he got his career back on track with CSKA Moscow. However, he is still waiting for a genuine breakthrough in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old has only started one league game so far since his return to England. Across six appearances in all competitions, he is yet to record a goal or assist.

West Ham players Tomas Soucek, Kurt Zouma, Issa Diop and Nikola Vlasic

Given that he is believed to have cost West Ham €30m, they will be hoping for an upturn in his form soon. Of course, he essentially replaced the impactful Jesse Lingard, so has big shoes to fill.

Even though he already has decent pedigree, West Ham should still be patient with their recent recruit, whom one pundit thinks they will soon see the best of.

According to former Premier League footballer Noel Whelan, Vlasic “needs time” but could “go on a run” after returning from the international break, when he will be representing Croatia.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Vlasic is a great player with great pedigree, but he needs time.

“It’s not easy coming from another country to live here. He’s got to learn to play with his teammates, adjust to the new culture.

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“They’ve gone out and got a top player but we just need to be patient.

“Maybe Moyes wanted to shore things up [against Brentford, when Vlasic was an unused substitute] instead of chucking on another striker in Vlasic.

“Look, give him two more weeks, let him return from international duty – he’ll be looking to capitalise from now until Christmas and grab his first goal.

“That’s what can kickstart a player in his position form-wise – goals, goals, goals.

“If he gets his first one, he could go on a run and get two or three.”

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